We successfully obtained funding by a variety of sources to develop elements of a joint Ph.D.-program via joint field summer schools. Thus, we can offer to the German and Chinese Ph.D.-students in the Forschergruppe the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the Forschergruppe topics in three field summer schools in central Europe.
Joint "summer School" field workshops were held in 2009, 2010, and in 2011 to the following topics of the Forschergruppe interest:
June 2009: "Taphonomy"
June 2010: "Ecological evolution of eastern peri-Gondwana terrains: A view at the "other side" of the Precambrian-Cambrian boundary"
June 2011: "Anoxia and submarine exhalative mineralisation"
We are grateful for financial support by our sponsors DAAD (funding the "Ph.D.-Net" in 2009 and 2010), the Center for International Cooperation (CIC; funded by Exzellenzmittel), the Fachbereich Geowissenschaften and the Institut of Geological Sciences, all three of the Freie Universität Berlin.
Most of all, the summer schools would not have been possible without the idealistic and unpaid efforts of numerous volunteers. All of them be thanked !